Friday, January 14, 2011

Dumpster Diving for Coupons?

I know most of you have probably heard of or have watched the 
new TLC show, Extreme Couponing. I've heard of it recently and
haven't had the chance to watch it in it's entirety. My friends and family
have called or texted me about it and brought up the couponer that goes
dumpster diving for her coupons. I did see that on TLC's site and 
don't see anything really wrong with it. People do what they have
to in order to save money or survive. It doesn't look like a dumpster
but a recycling bin. 

Last week I head over to our complex's mailroom to check our
mail and came across the Smartsource Weekly flyer and inserts 
inside and found two coupon inserts. In the mail room there are 
two garbage cans that were just full of paper and everyone's flyers
that they didn't want. So what did I do? Yes, I started rummaging
through that first wastebasket next to our box and ended up finding
a total of 50 inserts combined just from that basket. 

Did I save any money with those coupons? I sure did. There were
the square ramen noodle bowl coupons for .50c off each. I ended 
up with 20 of those coupons and paid .29c each after coupons for
those. Not bad..and the list goes on. Is it worth it? it sure is..with 
all the coupon inserts I walked away with, it saved me alot of $$ I 
don't have. I did share most of those coupons with my friends and 
family who are trying to start their stockpiles. 

I spent mostly 3 hours cutting and sorting them today and ready 
to go back tomorrow for some more. My 7 yo gets embarrased
while my 6 yo is happy to assist me by carrying a couple of inserts
for me to the car. I figure with our financial situation the way it is
it's something I have to do to continue our little stockpile while
trying to get our bills paid down. Right now I'm mainly interested
in stocking up on batteries, soaps, shampoos and deodorants
since we're doing pretty good in the food area. It's a new year
and I'm trying not to get alot of processed food and mainly lean
towards healthier food options such as fruits and veggies. 



Alicia said...

Wow, good for you!! I really need to start utilizing coupons!

Puanani503 said...

Thanks Alicia:) I've been visiting our mail room every day checking and so far walk away with 31 smartsource inserts from yesterdays visit. It's a real money saver. I have tons of extra coupons for Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal $1 off 1 exp.3/31/2011 and .75c off 1 Farmland Coupons for Deli style lunch meats exp. 2/15/2011. Let me know and I'll send you some!